06 Aug '12, 12am

Does Your Drinking Water Have Chicken Manure in It?

Does Your Drinking Water Have Chicken Manure in It?

NOTE: This is a guest post from Karen Steuer , director of the Reforming Industrial Animal Agriculture campaign at the Pew Environment Group . From the backyard grill to the picnic basket, Americans seem to have a love affair with meat and poultry. To supply that demand, livestock production has turned to concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) as the new business model, growing high volumes of cows, pigs and birds within short time spans and in the smallest spaces possible. These “factory farms” are designed to be efficient at producing meat, but they also generate enormous amounts of manure. Livestock animals create 13 to 25 times more of it than humans, on a per-weight basis, resulting in quantities from a single large CAFO that can surpass the sanitary waste production of a city as large as Philadelphia. Treatment is not required for animal manure as it is for h...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/does-your-drinking-water-have...

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